9 Days Druk Path Trek

9 Days

A short trek in Bhutan passes through an ancient trading route between Paro and Thimpu.

9 Days Druk Path Trek is classic trekking in Bhutan taking you through some of the most captivating locations in this tiny Buddhist Kingdom. Trek past magnificent pine and Rhododendron forests, pristine lakes, yak pastures, traditional villages, and many more. This 9 Days Druk Path Trek is no doubt the best short trek in Bhutan. This trek is a supreme opportunity to experience the spellbinding culture and traditions, colorful festivals, and above all the majestic view of Mount Gangkhar Puensum (7,570 meters/24840 feet). Mount Gangkhar Puensum is the highest mountain in Bhutan.

Bhutan is the only Carbon Negative country in the world as per Climate Council.

How difficult is Druk Path Trek?

9 Days Druk Path Trek is a fairly easy trek. The trek starts from the city of Paro and ends at the Capital city Thimpu. The trek covers 54 kilometers approx. We will walk 5 to 10 kilometers each day which is between 3 to 5 hours of walking.

On this trek, we reach our highest elevation of 4,235 meters/13,895 feet at Labana La Pass.

When is the best time for 9 Days Druk Path Trek?

The Spring season (March-May) is the best time to visit Bhutan. This is the perfect time as the valleys will come alive with the colorful flowers in bloom. The clear skies and the glance of the Himalayas range aspire you in every possible way.
The Autumn season (October-December) is an ideal time for perfect hiking and trekking options. This weather is less wet and is prime time for traveling to rural areas.
Winter (December-January) comes with a thick blanket of snow which is best for a Photography tour in Bhutan. We do not recommend the Rainy season (June-August) due to the heavy rainfall.

What kind of accommodation and meals to expect on this trek?

In the city area, we will be staying in three-star category hotels with all meals included (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). During the trek, we will be accommodated in a good-quality tent. You will be served freshly cooked meals by our support teams. To upgrade Hotel in the city area, there will be a supplement cost. Please advise our sales team of any assistance needed.

This 9 Days Druk Path Trek is fully customizable as per your needs. Let our experts design a tailor-made trekking trip to Bhutan for you and your family. Contact us for more info.

Trip Highlights

  • A hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
  • Explore the prominent wilderness of remote Bhutan.
  • Cross high passes of Simkota Tsho (4,110m) and Phume La Pass (4,210m)
  • The breathtaking view of Mount Jumolhari (7,314m), Jichu Drake (6,989m) and Gangkar Puensum (7,570m), and many more peaks.
  • Witness the culture and tradition of rural Bhutan

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Paro International Airport, our representative will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. Later in the afternoon, we will visit Kichu Lakhang and National Museum. Evening stroll around the city. Overnight at a Hotel in Paro.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Morning a hike to Taktshang Lhakhang famously known as Tiger's Nest Monastery. This monastery is situated on a rocky ridge. It is believed, Guru Rimpoche arrived here on the back of the Tigress and meditated. Guru Rinpoche was an 8th-century Indian monk and was considered divine by Buddhists. Thus this monastery is one of the holiest shrines in the world. If time permits we will continue our visit to a local farm. Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start your trek with a gradual uphill climb and then descend through the ridge. Walk continuously through alpine forests of pine and Rhododendrons. The view of Mount Jumolhari (7,326m/24,035ft) and other snow-capped mountains. Continue passing through beautiful forests, walking uphill to reach Jangchulakha. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast continues walking through the ridgeline. Today will be many ups and downs as we climb the main ridge before descending down to the other side of the valley. You will be followed by the view of Jichu Drake (6,989m), Mount Jumolhari (7,326m), and many other prominent peaks. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our trial today takes us through Rhododendron and Pine forests. Continue through the ridge to reach Lake Janatsho. Further trekking up the ridge will lead us to Simkota. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will begin our trek with a gradual uphill climb to reach the top of a small saddle at 4,150 meters. You will be greeted by the foremost panoramic view of Mt. Gangkar Puensum (7,570m). This is the highest mountain in Bhutan, and also the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. Continue descending gradually through pine and juniper forests to reach Phajoding Monastery. From Phajoding it is downhill all the way until we reach Thimpu. Evening stroll around Thimpu city. Overnight stay at Hotel in Thimpu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning explore the capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu including the National Library, Textile Museum, and Simply Bhutan, a living museum. After lunch, we will drive to Punakha via Dochu-La Pass (3,088m). The quick stop at Dochula-La pass provides the best panoramic view. Continue the drive to Punakha. Overnight stay at Hotel in Punakha.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning visit Punakha city. We will explore Punakha Dzong. Later drive to Paro and start a short excursion of Chimi Lhakhang, which is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley also known as Divine Madman. Chimi Lakhang Temple is also known as the Temple of Fertility as it is believed that the prayer here will give you fertility. Later continue to Paro. Overnight stay at Hotel in Paro.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your trip ends. After breakfast, you will be transferred to International Airport to board your flight to your next destination.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival/ departure transfers, and sightseeing tours using private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Three nights of twin-sharing accommodation in Paro, one/one night of twin-sharing accommodation in Thimpu and Punakha using 3-star category Hotels/Resorts.
  • Sleeping tents, Dinning tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, sleeping mats & pillows, tables, chairs, utensils, and hot water bags.
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) throughout your stay in Bhutan.
  • English-speaking licensed tour guide for sightseeing tours in Bhutan.
  • Trekking chef and necessary ground handling staff at your disposal.
  • Service of experienced, professional, and knowledgeable office representative for arrival/ departure transfers.
  • Required number of horses to carry luggage.
  • Museum, Monument entrance fees, and route access charges as per the above program.
  • Bhutan visa fees, processing charges, and Government Royalty Fees (35% of $200).
  • Necessary Government taxes and service charges.

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare and visa fees.
  • Nature of personal expenses, clothing, bar bills, telephone, laundry, beverages.
  • Any kind of extra expenses occur due to unforeseen situations like flight cancellation, natural calamities, or political disturbances)
  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for all our trips) should cover emergency rescue and evacuation expenses.
  • Tips for guide, driver, staff, and any kind of cash transfer charges.
  • Any other items not mentioned above include a section.
  • Any bank transfer charges, card payment charges, or tipping to the ground-handling crew (not mandatory but highly appreciated)
  • Any other items not mentioned above include section.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Bhutan?

Bhutan is a small noncoastal kingdom in the eastern Himalayas range, situated between Tibet in the north and India in the east, west, and south. This South Asian country is bordered by the Indian state of Sikkim and West Bengal in the west, and West Bengal (a tiny portion), Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh of India in the south and east. Its northern region is bordered by the Chumbi Valley of the Tibetan Autonomous region.

Can I travel to Bhutan independently without the help of the tour Operator?

The Tourism Council of Bhutan doesn’t allow independent travelers. You must pre-book all your travel via a licensed Bhutanese destination management company or their international counterparts.

Do I need a Visa to enter Bhutan?

Apart from the citizens of India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives, as a matter of course, all international tourists entering Bhutan require VISA. It is mandatory to pre-arrange a visa through a licensed Bhutanese Tour Operator. You cannot apply for Bhutan Visa yourself or from the Bhutanese Embassy in your country. The only way to travel to Bhutan is by booking a trip with a local tour operator in Bhutan or their International counterparts.

How much does Bhutan’s Visa cost?

For International tourists, a Bhutan visa costs US$ 40.00 payable to your tour operator in advance. Your Tour operator will do the needful processing. For Indian, Bangladeshi, and Maldives nationals, Bhutan Visa is free.

How to enter Bhutan?

You can fly to the Kingdom of Bhutan from major airports i.e. Kathmandu, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodhgaya, Guwahati, Mumbai, Dhaka, Bangkok, and Singapore. Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines operate the flight to Bhutan. Also, you can enter Bhutan overland from Phuentsholing, Gelepu, and Samdrup Jongkhar.

When is the best time to visit Bhutan?

The Spring season (March-May) is the best time to visit Bhutan. This is the perfect time as the valleys will come alive with the colorful flowers in bloom. The clear skies and the glance of the Himalayas range aspire you in every possible way. The Autumn season (October-December) is an ideal time for perfect hiking and trekking options. This weather is less wet and is prime time for traveling to rural areas. Winter (December-January) comes with a thick blanket of snow which is best for a Photography tour in Bhutan. We do not recommend the Rainy season (June-August) due to the heavy rainfalls.

Is Bhutan safe to Travel to?

Traveling to Bhutan is safe. Your tour package cost includes a tour guide, who will be at your disposal throughout the trip. The people of Bhutan are known as the most courteous, nonviolent, and caring. Our Bhutan Travel Frequently Asked Questions are updated regularly for your convenience. Please contact us for any assistance needed.

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9 Days Druk Path Trek